Wise Use in Northern Puget Sound


Paul de Armond

Published by

Whatcom Environmental Council
P.O. Box 5451
Bellingham, WA 98227-5451

Copyright 1995 by Whatcom Environmental Council
HTML version Copyright 1997 by Public Good

All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the Whatcom Environmental Council.

Research for this report was supported in part by a grant from the Wilderness Society.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Jay Taber


1987 – 1989
Wise Use begins building a network of industry funded lobbying groups.

1990 – 1991
Wise Use in Western Washington aligns itself with the real estate and development industry. The passage of the Washington Growth Management Act opens up a powerful source of political money.

Wise Use builds its political network of county-level property rights groups.

WiseUse begins to collect on its electoral strategy.

The judicial nemesis. The Wise Use drift towards extremism accelerates.

Appendix I:
The Growth Management Act and “takings” claims

Appendix II:
Wise Use, property rights and the county secession movement

Appendix III:
Abusing public process as an obstructionist tactic

Appendix IV:
Right-wing legal foundations

Appendix V:
The Keystone Forum PAC

Appendix VI:
Keystone PAC and independent expenditure campaigns

Appendix VII:
Wise Use and political extremism

Appendix VIII:
Chronological list of sources


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